Trevor Lawrence is confident that the best is yet to come to his career after he made the long-awaited decision to declare for the NFL Draft.
The presumptive first overall pick in the 2021 draft announced his statement Wednesday after a second-place vote in the Heisman Trophy on Tuesday.
Lawrence played three seasons at Clemson, having been touted as one of the NFL’s next great quarterbacks since high school, and justified his billing. He won the National Championship in his freshman year, inspiring a 44-16 loss to Alabama, and led Clemson to the title game last season, only to lose to Joe Burrow’s LSU.
Clemson could not return to the same stage this season, defeated 49-28 by Ohio State in the semifinal of the College Football Playoff, Lawrence’s last game for the Tigers.
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Lawrence now looks set to become a member of the Jaguars, who have the first overall pick after a 1-15 season in 2020.
Reflecting on his time at Clemson, Lawrence said in a video on Twitter: ” I hope my legacy at Clemson is that I was a great teammate and a great person overall. More than football, more than how I played every game, just how he treated people.
” I want that to be the main thing that I am known for. For the past three years, that is what I have kept as a priority. Just treating people well and being a good person. I hope that is my legacy when I leave. Here.
” I have learned a lot from the coach [Dabo] Sweeney and all my coaches. Everyone has been very good to me and has treated me like family since I came Here. That aspect of faith has been the most important thing in my life.
” For all my teammates in the last three years, it has been the most fun journey I have ever been on. I will look back on these three years and have the best memories. Winning a National Championship, winning many games and more. All little moments, being in the locker room, practicing, spending every day together and just having those memories, laughing, cutting ourselves off and enjoying life together – those are things that I will remember forever.
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“When I look at my life in its entirety thus far, this 21-year journey, the most formative years have been my time Here at Clemson. It has taught me to be a better man, hands down and that’s the most important thing.
“Obviously it has made me a better soccer player, but that is secondary to what it has taught me about life. I really feel like a man now, and I am ready to face those challenges, super excited for the life that The best is always ahead, but I am grateful for Clemson and will miss him.
” I want to thank everyone who has supported Clemson, my entire Clemson family, whether they are fans, my teammates, my coaches and my immediate family. I am very grateful for you, I would not be who I am if not out for all of you. THere are so many people who have helped me up. I can’t wait to see what God has for us.
” My time Here has been incredible and I will be a Clemson Tiger forever.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.